San Luis Obispo, CA – Portland, OR along hwy 1/101
Days: around 2 months
Distance: 1,113 miles
I am planning a bike tour traveling zero waste and producing zero emissions on my crocheted 70’s Schwinn bicycle! My plan is to take my time interviewing activists, trash artists, landfill workers, repair people, etc during my tour and make a mini trash documentary! To find out more click here!
Preparing for my tour
I have been minimizing my things down to the essentials but I am still in need of some gear. My goal is to get my bike tour gear used from the local community or make it myself DIY style out of trash! If you have old gear that you are will to donate to my tour here is a link to the bicycle gear I am in search of.
I have been learning the inner workings of my bicycle and in October I took an empowering course at SLO’s Bike Kitchen on taking my bike apart and put it back together. I will be taking longer rides as the date approaches my journey north.
I plan on interviewing activists and trash artists along the way to learn more about solutions to plastic pollution. Do you know of a magical fairy land, farmers market or bike kitchens along the way? I would LOVE suggestions for places to explore, activists to meet and fun things to do! Click here to let me know. 🙂 Thank you!!
Plastics and our dinosaur economy
We have been brainwashed into consuming single-use disposable plastics even though they pollute our Ocean, wildlife and us. The trash creators tell us recycling and resource recovery are the best options to save
our planet from these deadly materials. Yet as I dug deeper and realized that recycling is a public relations campaign to get us to overlook the simple root solution of source reduction.
The root of this pervasive and destructive material is petroleum and the toxic fossil fuels that have seeped into almost every crevasse of our lives.
It’s good friend the automobile, litters the landscape and dis-associates us from the places and communities we travel through. Socially excluding us from the great theater that is life.
A gleaming symbol of freedom and happiness the bicycle is the largest immediate threat to the polluting car culture. Immersive and fun traveling by bicycle tunes me into the landscape, the place and the people around me. Moving slowly through my environment gifts me the opportunity to whiteness the plastic junk that hugs the bushes on the side of roads.
Car companies know all too well of this threat to their industry and are quick to promote bicycle “safety” and helmets as a way of scaring people out of this wonderful mode of transport. Using fear as a way to get people to stay in their mobile boxes of isolation and out of city council meetings proposing better bicycle infrastructure.
Traveling Zero Waste
For the past 3 years I have been studying our cultural relationship with trash and running the Rise
Above Plastics program for my local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Inspired to live my values I have adopted a zero waste lifestyle. Practicing zero waste, I either have to buy something in bulk with no packaging or make it myself. This gifts me the opportunity to build relationships with local, community members who have developed skills I have yet to learn. Building relationships with farmers, healers, bakers, etc. I have also developed new skills, from making my own toothpaste to learning how to repair my bicycle.
Zero waste living is empowering and simple. An unbranded life letting go of labels and embracing the beauty in bulk jars and cloth bags. No more labels screaming at from the fridge or bathroom cabinet. I feel like a old time fairy dabbing lotion on my face from a little potion bottle. Zero waste living prepares me for the future when we rise above the plastic age and live simple, happy lives with less stuff and more fun!
While I deeply appreciate the simple mindset zero waste has brought me I realize that I have to go beyond my own personal lifestyle if I want to create large scale change. Activism is of the highest importance for creating a more peaceful and fair world. By standing up as united citizens we can make leaps and bounds towards a peaceful revolution.
I am looking forward to my tour traveling slowly through places and communities, immersing myself in nature, meeting positive activists, learning about solutions, exploring new experiences, and having FUN.
Pedaling with a purpose.
xoxo Sarah Bellum